India vs South Africa 2020: The final series of the Indian team before IPL 2020 will commence from tomorrow as Virat Kohli and co. will take the field at Dharamshala to battle the mighty South African team. The Proteas led by Quinton de Kock are high on momentum at the moment as they are coming off a clean sweep victory against Australia in a 3-match ODI series. The new captain de Kock will look to replicate the same performance against India.
Virat Kohli’s men, on the other hand, lost their previous ODI series against New Zealand 3-0. Although that series took place outside India, the Men in Blue will have several issues to address when they meet the South African side. Here are the 5 problems India will have to solve in India vs South Africa 2020 ODI series.
Virat Kohli’s form
The biggest problem in the Indian team right now is the poor form of captain Virat Kohli. The right-handed batsman is struggling to trouble the bowlers which he was doing not long ago. Kohli could not register even a single hundred in the entire tour of New Zealand which featured 10 matches. Hence, the Indian skipper will look to return to form in this series but the likes of Lungi Ngidi and Keshav Maharaj will ask him tough questions.
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness
The National Cricket Academy (NCA) has been under the scanner for a while because of its wrong injury treatments. Ishant Sharma’s controversial return was the latest to grab the headlines while Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were in the news a few months ago. While Hardik caught the media’s attention because he preferred to get his treatment done outside India, Kumar’s fitness became a matter of concern because he got injured once again just a few days after making his return. It will be interesting to see if the two players could stay fit during this series.
Jasprit Bumrah’s form
Another star player who had a disastrous New Zealand tour was the team’s best fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah. The right-arm pacer could not trouble the opposition batsmen despite the conditions being friendly for fast bowlers. He was taken to the cleaners by the New Zealand batsman and there will be a huge question mark on his future if he fails to keep runs under control bowling to the inexperienced South African team in a home series. India vs South Africa 2020 ODI series might see the return of BOOM back into the form.
The decision on Shikhar Dhawan’s career going forward
Shikhar Dhawan is another player who has had his own share of injuries in the recent past. Known for his extraordinary record in ICC tournaments, Dhawan picked up an injury while playing in the 2019 World Cup. He has been in and out of the team ever since because of his injury problems. In his absence, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal made their ODI debuts and so, it will be intriguing to note if the team gives more chances to the youngsters or they decide to extend Dhawan’s career. The three-match ODI series between India vs South Africa is going to be a big one for the swashbuckling left-hander.
Who will be the two main spinners?
The final conundrum that the Indian team faces in this series is about the spin bowling department. India currently has three top-class spinners namely Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. While the latter two are wicket-taking bowlers, Jadeja adds more value to the side with his batting and fielding skills. The problem here is Yadav and Chahal bowl well when playing together so whenever one of them is missing, the other guy does not perform as per the expectations. Thus, the Indian team will have a massive dilemma in this ODI series.